Quarter of Japanese 30-somethings ‘reluctant to marry’

Many young Japanese adults want to remain unmarried as long as they can, despite the collapsing population.

A fourth of Japanese singles aged 30 to 39 have little interest in getting married, according to a white paper released by the Japanese government.

Respondents cited responsibilities such as childcare and housework as negatives they intend to avoid by staying single, as well as financial issues or job insecurities that make matrimony less feasible.

According to the government white paper, approximately 55% of men and 63% of women in their 30s are married. Among 30-somethings that have never tied the knot, approximately 27% of men and 25% of women currently plan to continue living single for the rest of their lives.

Respondents cited the financial burdens of childcare and homeownership, as well as the additional responsibilities that come with marriage and children. Job instability was a major consideration for men, while women frequently cited housework and domestic responsibilities as a turn-off from getting hitched.

The survey was conducted from December 2021 to January 2022. The poll was answered by approximately 20,000 people. Respondents ranged in age from 20 to 60.